When You Wish

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Today we got to visit a potential school for Ethan… and let me tell you, we were IMPRESSED. Sarah had been talking to one of the admissions folks and had really gotten a good feeling from her. Everything was very professional, helpful and encouraging. When we visited there yesterday, we had a fantastic tour and got to see a bunch of classes in action. I told Sarah that if Ethan doesn’t get in here, I might apply myself. It was THAT cool. Full size swimming pool and lessons for kids, a gym, chef on staff, meal choices, rock climbing wall, horse trails, a 500+ seat theater, outdoor classroom and bird watching stations… PLUS they have individualized education plans for all the students. Now all we have to do is see if we qualify for tuition assistance.

At this point in his life, Ethan really could do pretty much anything he wanted to. With the opportunities offered at a school like this, it’s even that much more possible. It’s exciting to think about who he could become, what he could learn, and what things he might accomplish as he grows into a young man. His dreams could become reality… then again, so could anyone’s.

With that in mind, I give you “When You Wish Upon a Star” — but not the classic Disney version.

Check out the Billy Joel version for kicks… see if you like it. I do.

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In The Name of Love

Today I had a day off — for the first time, although it’s hard to believe, I was able to “celebrate” Martin Luther King Day. So we did what every other self-respecting American would do… we went to get ice cream at Jeni’s. In Columbus. Hey — what’s more American than ice cream???  :-)

Honestly, a lot of reflecting occurred a day earlier at church on Sunday. Once of the songs they used before the service was a fantastic version of Pride (In The Name of Love), originally by U2. I never really knew that this song was a tribute to MLK until I had played it with my band for about 2-3 years. After I discovered what Bono was really singing about, it opened up a whole new meaning to the song’s fantastic lyrics. I never looked at the song the same way again… and it became even MORE inspiring to play.

I had never heard this version by John Legend until this past weekend… and I’m glad I finally did hear it. Sarah’s fancy dancy little Droid app called “Shazam” informs us that it was on the Obama-inspired “Yes We Can” album.

Late afternoon, April 4
Shots ring out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride…

In the Name of Love,
What more in the name of love?

Listen to John Legend’s version of Pride on Lala.com

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They’ve been making us WAIIIIIT. Finally, the wait is over. 24 returns with it’s first episode of season 8 tonight. Kinda…

2 Hour Premiere tonight…  and then ANOTHER 2 hours tomorrow night. No doubt there will be a cliffhanger. They’re good like that.  :-/

We’re all hunkered down here… me, Sarah and Mimi. I’ve got a nice Flying Dog Tire Bite or two in hand, shoes are off and the heat is turned up. Dogs have been out and have been fed, kid’s in bed… it’s gonna be a GOOD NIGHT! In honor of Jack Bauer, here are a few

Oh, and before I forget… Dallas got CREAMED today. Yeah, I know — the Eagles lost to them twice in a row, and I guess that’s what makes it feel that much better that they lost BAD. What a great day. Suck it, Jerry.  :-)

Listen to Carly Simon — Anticipation on LaLa.com

Extra Credit Questions:

What product was the first to use this in its marketing campaign?
What famous singer was Carly Simon married to?

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If I had a Million Dollars…

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Took down the tree today… well, kinda. It’s actually still up, and the lights are still on it, but all the ornaments are off. It’s always a big job that nobody really wants to do, which makes it odd that I felt so inspired to get it done while everyone was either still sleeping or entertaining themselves down in the basement. I guess this process of packing things away for another year coupled with the new Clean Machine started us “dreaming” today. So many things coming up that we’d like to spend money on — a trip to Ireland, a new DSLR camera, a kitchen remodel, Ethan’s private school… the list goes on. Some of it we’ll be able to do, and some we won’t. But that’s OK… it’s good to dream and gives us something to shoot for. I know I drive Sarah crazy sometimes cause she’s the dreamer and I’m the pragmatist. I’m really trying to be better about not killing the mood every time we start making big plans to do things like change up the kitchen, remodel the bathroom, take a trip, etc… Sarah actually bought me a coffee cup for Christmas that says “I’m trying to think positive… but I don’t think it’s going to work.” Priceless.

I know money doesn’t cure all ills (ask the government) but a $1m extra in my pocket sure would be nice… anyone wanna give it to me? Maybe I should call Ed and Steven…

One of my favorites — still enjoy it after all these years and hundreds of times playing it with the band… Enjoy.

If I had $1,000,000… Listen on LaLa.com

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Clean Machine

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So it’s Friday night — Sarah says “Honey, I wanna do something…” so we head to Chik-Fil-A for a quick bite and then cruise the Home Depot with our 4 year old — cause that’s how we roll. We’ve been looking for new lighting fixtures for the living room/dining room and every once and a while we like to swing by and see if there’s anything that catches our eye. We found a few things that looked pretty good, made note of them and kept strolling… and then we found her.

The “Clean Machine”.

Yes – ladies and gentlemen – the deal of a lifetime. This is too good to be true, or is it? There before us was a stainless steel Maytag dishwasher marked down from $499 to… wait for it… $99.00.  UN-Be-LIEVABLE.

Sarah said – “Honey, we need to get this NOW.” I agreed. And not just because whenever she says “Honey” like that I know I have to pay attention.  :-)

Now all we need to do is go pick it up and get it installed. Anyone handy with a pipe wrench?

In honor of today’s Deal of a Lifetime, I found the perfect song. “Clean Machine” by Presidents of the U.S.A. It’s whimsical. It’s nutty. The title is perfect. And after I listen to it I feel kinda like I’ve been through a rinse cycle.


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Making Your List

My son made a list of things he wanted to do in the morning…

From Drop Box

He always makes lists. Part of his “Type A” personality shining through. I think he got it from a Frog & Toad story actually. It’s really kinda funny. He even goes so far as to cross items out after he does them. We’ve saved some pix in the past, and I think I’ll share another here.

Notice the first item — Doughnuts with Dad. He decided to go for the grammatically correct version of the word rather than the “Dunkin” variety. I also love the part about not erasing my Mii (character off the Wii).

Now I’m not much for country artists, but I like the sentiment of this song. There’s always gonna be stuff we think we need to get done, but always make sure you include time for the little things — even if you have to write it down on a list.

Toby Keith – My List

Some lyrics below:

Wouldn’t change the course of fate but cuttin’ the grass just had to wait
‘Cause I’ve got more important things like pushin’ my kid on the backyard swing
I won’t break my back for a million bucks I can’t take to my grave
So why put off for tomorrow what I could get done today

Like go for a walk, say a little prayer
Take a deep breath of mountain air
Put on my glove and play some catch
It’s time that I make time for that
Wade the shore and cast a line
Look up a long lost friend of mine
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss
Start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list

Sleeping with the Television on…

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Ti.Red. Long day at work followed by dinner with Benji, Liz, Mimi & family… then long drive home. Caught up on Criminal Minds and Cold Case. Was contemplating taking a nap during the latter show but figured we had so much TV to catch up on since we had been on vacation that I may not get to see it again before it got deleted… so I persevered.

Today I bring you another deep cut off of Billy Joel’s Glass Houses album… and I’ll try to turn off the TV before this station tunes out…

This blog-posting one hour before midnight (or less) is gonna have to stop…  :-)

The song’s not yet on LaLa.com – so you’re gonna have to listen to it on YouTube.

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Back in the Saddle…

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Not much time left… gotta make this a quick post today. Back to work after a nice long vacation… it was tough to get moving, but I felt a bit invigorated once I had some coffee from the new coffee maker (thanks Sarah!)… actually accomplished a lot today and feel like since I took a little time while on vacation to check in at work and keep up with a few things, I wasn’t totally overwhelmed when I got back. We have a GREAT team at F&W and what issues did arise during my vacation were dealt with handily. It’s nice to work with such a fantastic group.

So… in honor of a fantastic vacation and in anticipation of a productive 2010, today’s post is the classic by Gene Autry.

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Wherever you go…

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Home at last. It was sad to leave friends today, but a nice surprise when we found it wasn’t going to take quite as long to get home as expected… by about 1:30hrs. Niiiiiice — especially since we got a late start. On the way into town, we stopped off at Liz & Benji’s place (Sarah’s brother). They just moved here and today was the first day they were in town — we were able to help unpack for about 30-45 minutes before heading the rest of the way home.  It was good to see the doggies and not so good to arrive home to a snowy driveway and front step — which made unpacking the car a little more interesting than it would have been.  :-)

We had a WONDERFUL time and I still can’t believe I have to bee at work in about 9 hours. Ugh. So much for easing back into things. It was so great to see so many old friends (both PA and MD) and spend quality time hanging out. Sarah and I were talking and discussing how it felt like we still belonged in MD… and although difft, it seemed like old times. Great spending time with friends and so nice to be able to pick up conversation so easy — seemed like we had never left.

Got to spend a great day Saturday with Keith & Mandy — had a yummy lunch followed by treats at Cake Love, then settled in to a roaring fire while Mandy made the cake for Sunday’s party (which ROCKED, btw). Then we returned to Casa Cunningham for an evening of fun, food and football. Jen & Dan hosted us while in MD and besides providing dinner Saturday, lodging for the entire stay, daily presents for E and yummy crepes for breakfast, they also hosted a kickin’ party for about 50 of our closest friends! It was WAY above and beyond the call of duty and we are incredibly grateful! It was sad to leave but we know we’ll return and there will be many more games, good times, laughs & glassses of ice wine to come!

Today’s song is a little ditty by Richard Marx called “Right Here Waiting” and it goes out to my favorite Optometrist. You know who you are…  :-)

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Rockin’ the Paradise

Cover of "Paradise Theater"
Cover of Paradise Theater

Had a blast playing with the old JC team today, followed by a blowout bash with about 50 of my closest friends! What a great time — thanks to everyone who came! Sarah and I definitely miss you all and we’d come more often if we could. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many of you cared enough to make it out to the party today to see us even on short notice, so thanks!

Journey’s Crossing was home for 7 years and today it felt like we’d never left. Doing church in a movie theater definitely presents its challenges, but it’s even that much more rewarding when you put in so much work. In honor of Todd, Tommy, Keith, Gemma & Bill, the song for today is Rockin’ the Paradise by Styx. (The Paradise Theater was a fictional account of a Chicago Theater that closed and became abandoned)

Tonight’s the night we’ll make history, as sure as dogs can fly
And I’ll take any risk to tie back the hands of time
And stay with you here all night
So take your seats and don’t be late, we need your spirits high
To turn on these theatre lights and brighten the darkest skies
Here at the Paradise….

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